Joe Biden, seen through a news camera viewfinder, speaks at a DNC event in Atlanta on June 6, 2019. Photo: Dustin Chambers/Getty Images

Joe Biden references President Trump at least 76 times in his prepared remarks for a Davenport, Iowa appearance on Tuesday — the same day that Trump will make an appearance.

Why it matters: Trump's aides have long seen the former vice president as his biggest potential threat in 2020. The president has recently been saying it out loud— and Biden seems to be just as focused on Trump — as their dueling Iowa trips provide a juicy splitscreen.

What Biden will say: "Trump doesn’t get the basics. He thinks his tariffs are being paid by China. ... The cashiers at Target see what’s going on — they know more about economics than Trump."

  • "I believe Trump is an existential threat to America."
  • "We choose hope over fear. Unity over division. Truth over lies. And science over fiction."

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Early voting eclipses 2016 total with 12 days until election

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Americans have cast more than 47.1 million ballots in the 2020 presidential election, surpassing the total early-vote count for 2016 with 12 days left until Election Day, according to a Washington Post analysis of voting data.

Why it matters: The election is already underway, as many states have expanded early and mail-in voting options because of the coronavirus pandemic.

What to expect from the final debate of the 2020 election

Trump and Biden at the first debate. Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Image

Watch for President Trump to address Joe Biden as “the big guy” or “the chairman” at tonight's debate as a way of dramatizing the Hunter Biden emails. Hunter's former business partner Tony Bobulinski is expected to be a Trump debate guest.

The big picture: Trump's advisers universally view the first debate as a catastrophe — evidenced by a sharp plunge in Trump’s public and (more convincingly for them) private polling immediately following the debate.